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Rio Red 98 GT Build

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Alrighty, so Ive got a pretty long backstory with this thing. Ill try to keep it short and sweet with a bunch of pictures. Ill happily answer any questions too!

 

On to the story. I came home from my first tour in Afghanistan in 2011, around March time. I bought my first mustang in august. It was a 2002 GT. Bought it from a shady car lot, needed tires, clutch, heater core, all kinds of crap but it looked cool and sounded great and it was a mustang. Car came with a 30 day drivetrain warranty. When I found out it needed a clutch I took it back to the guy and it sat at his shop for 2 weeks. I finally said F**K you and took the car back and did my own clutch. Then the 32nd day of owning it the car overheated and shut off. I let it cool down and started it back up to find out it was tapping/rattling something awful. Took it home, pulled the engine, found out the intake manifold was cracked, did a top end rebuild because I thought it was a valve related issue. That meant brand new loaded heads with cams and a new intake manifold. Put it together and to my surprise at the time it still tapped just as loud. I got angry, real angry. So to prevent me from torching the car in my field I traded it to my neighbor for a 1994 F150 that had 5k worth of paint. Then I found a guy that had my current GT and needed a truck. He had beaten, abused, and neglected this car, but it was a mustang and it had potential. So I traded my F150 for this 98 GT.

 

Then came my 98. I don't have any pictures of the day I got it but at this point I had put the bullitt wheels and headlights on it.

 

As everyone knows, the car bone stock was slug. I was on the interstate one night and i got outrun by a 2005 chevy malibu, I couldn't have that so I put a pi intake, accufab tb/plenum, pullies, did a 5 speed swap, and put 3.73's in the rear. At the time it was enough but that changed quickly. So I put in Bullet racing stage 2 cams, mishimoto aluminum radiator, 180 t-stat, and tuned it all with a diablosport predator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After the car was setup this way it was my D/D for a few months. Then I started preparing for my 2nd tour in Afghanistan. While I was gone I ordered a few parts for it. It got a new wiper cowl, and new carpet for clean up. I also decided it was time to lower it, so I got a set of lowering spring for a 1.5" drop all around, got upr spherical/adjustable upper and lower control arms, steeda bump steer kit, poly bushings for front control arms and steering rack, and a set of shark c/c plates. While I was gone I also decided to change the sound some so I took out the slp loudmouth I resonators and I welded in some magnaflow chambered muffler (best move I ever made). The magnaflows are much better in my opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Blackmage said:

RIP thread

 

No shit! I was in the process of moving it over here from the other forum and then the photobucket fiasco happened. Im trying to get all my pictures sorted out in flickr so I can make this thing happen.

 

Long story short, I cammed it, drove it, oil pump failed, pulled it built it 12:1 compression and built a megasquirt for it.  Took it to the track and blew up the clutch. Made 368 rwhp and blew it up on the dyno. Tore it down again and built a 13:1 compression teksid block with a 4r70w automatic and now I am doing paint work.

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Ok, so Im basically going to photobomb this thread. Ill post some pictures from the beginning of the build but it will not be everything. Just enough to get this thread going. Ive still been kind of upset about losing my thread, until I found out there are extensions to use for firefox and chrome that let you see photobucket pictures! Anyway, here we go.

 

It was setup with npi heads, stage 2 bullet cams, pi intake, t45 swap, 3.73 gears, upr upper and lower control arms, pypes x and slp loudmouth.

Then I had oil pressure issues and found out the timing chain guide dowel fell out of the block and let the chain get slack in it, that chewed up the front cover and sent aluminum through everything and clogged the oil pump. I parked it at a buddys house out in the woods and pulled the engine. Then decided to pull the car down to my shop and start working on it.

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What we started with

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I tried to clean it, but the paint kept wiping off. So I decided to strip it and repaint

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Thats all for the moment, Ill follow up later.

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Ok, I lost a bunch of pictures but Im going to pickup where I can and keep this going from here. I built a megasquirt stand alone for the car and got it wired in. That was definitely an adventure. I built an iron block, pi head 2v with 12:1 compression and comp 278 cams, had a built t45 behind it. It ran good and made 368rwhp. I took it to the track once and blew the clutch up, replaced the clutch and blew the engine up on the dyno.

 

After all that, I decided to build a teksid block that I had been sitting on for a while and install a 4r70w behind it this go around. Thats where we will pick up, because those are the pictures I have. Its been a wild adventure to say the least, and Im sorry that some of you guys missed it. You will be able to join me on the next part of the journey that will be equally as wild. I will not disappoint!

 

Got the teksid bored .02" and the deck shaved .012.

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So at this point we had a whole pile of parts, its time to build!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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able to salvage anything off the old setup?  

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21 minutes ago, Prokiller said:

able to salvage anything off the old setup?  

It ate up a bunch of rod bearings and tore up the crank. The oil pump wasnt keeping up with the 8k rpm it was spinning lol. Two rods were wrecked, the pistons were still good though. I just ended up building a whole second engine, the only thing I reused was the cams and valve springs.

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Im such a slack ass, Im going to flood this thing with pictures. Ill add some comments.

 

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Ok. So then it went back in the car. This setup was 13:1, forged pistons with a taller compression height that stuck them above the deck .010". Ported 2012 pi head with ford gt followers and lash adjusters, it kept the comp 278 cams. Going behind it is the original 4r70w that came with the car. I rebuilt the 4r70 with a couple hardened parts and stuck a 3600 stall in it.

 

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Stuck the trans on and had to "clearance" the floor for the shift bracket to bolt up and have access to the range switch if it needed to be changed. Not my finest work, but it works.

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Then I moved to wiring. This is the trans controller. It a Microsquirt V3 that communicates with the Megasquirt running the engine so they can share data.

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Got the trans wired up and moved on to my coil pack setup. I wanted it under the intake and the old bracket I made wasnt going to work so I found some scraps at the shop and threw this together.

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Got that all buttoned up and did a compression check to make sure the cams were firing even.

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That was the first run with the new engine.

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These couple videos are old, but they are right after the megasquirt install with the iron block 12:1 engine.

 

 

This was filmed by a friend who still uses a potato to take pictures.

 

This was after getting it tuned and driving it some. Just a quick run down of how it was all working.

 

And, a good cold idle video

 

 

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This was a little pull I made when it was still on the first engine/trans combo

 

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